James Baker, also known as rapper BloBoy JB, is the latest person to file a lawsuit against Fortnite develops Epic Games, this time over the use of his "Shoot" dance movement in the popular match generous hit. Known as "Hype" in the community Fortnite "Shoot" is one of the most popular feelings that millions have had made people seen. It requires the dancer to swing the arm and leg back and forth in a choreographed motion, as seen in the GIFs below. It was included as an unlockable emote in Fortnite 's battle pass subscription service, which costs $ 10 for up to three months. However, Emote was never sold directly for money.
BlocBoy JB first asked his fans on Twitter if he were to sue Epic Games, especially in the wake of other artists, including 2 Milly, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air s Alphonso Ribeiro and Russell "Backpack Kid "Horning launches their own lawsuits against stolen dance movements. It's the same move that Donald Faison, who played the character Dr. Chris Turk on Scrubs, when he learned his dance, included in the game, although Faison has not yet signed up for his own suit. 1
BlocBoy JB teamed up with attorney David L. Hecht, who also represents 2 Milly and Horning in their case against Epic Games. Hecht called Epic's continued decision to incorporate dance movements derived from online and often within the hip hop community as "scary misappropriation of talent and intellectual property."
"It is precisely this type of cultural misappropriation that other rappers have called Epic and we are seeking to remedy this case," said Hecht. Hecht has issued similar statements in previous Fortnite -related cases. The many artists and celebrities who come up against epic games have caused other personalities, including the mother of a Fortnite player, known as the Orange Shirt Kid, to claim compensation from the company to use their dances in the game . However, unlike most cases, Orange Justice was an emote that the player sent to the Epic Games via a recording of himself dancing. It was part of a contest that he ended up losing, but he was grateful when fan-pushback led to the Epic Games to include it in Fortnite .
Epic Games has not commented on any of the lawsuits and it has told The Verge in the past, it does not comment on ongoing litigation.